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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 19, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                KOKOMO Vol 143 No 309 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Tuesday July 19 1994 50 cents Label will help you Buy American WASHINGTON AP Consumers confused over the increasingly blurred lines of whether or not a new car is Amer ican will get some help in showrooms beginning Oct 1 A new window sticker will list the com bined percentage of parts of the vehicle made in the United States or Canada where the engine and transmission were made the name of any nation that sup plied more than 15 percent of a vehicles value and the place of final assembly The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its final rule Mon day on how manufacturers must calcu late the information automakers hope the label required by a 1992 law will quash adver tising efforts by foreignowned manufac turers to depict their vehicles as made in But importers who do build some of their cars in the United States say the American Automobile Labeling Act will be misleading to Consumers Foreign automakers say the labels are deceiving because the value of labor isnt included in the calculations and Canadian parts are grouped together and the same part that comes from an internal supplier could be counted differently if purchased by another manufacturer Another contentious point is that all cars with the same nameplate will be counted even if they are built in more than one country In other words a Toyota Camry built in Japan will have the same statistics as one built in Kentucky NHTSA decided to allow manufactur ers to add a sentence further explaining the domestic content of the vehicles built in the United States Were in favor of that would provide accurate information to con sumers but this label would provide use less information to the sard Morry Markowitz a spokesman for the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers While all new cars are expected to have the labels by Oct 1 NHTSA wont start checking the accuracy of the numbers until June 1995 to give automakers time to get used to the calculations said Barry Felrice associate administrator for rule making at NHTSA Uphill effort TIPTON Ind Adams 12 puts some horses in the horse and pony project at the fair A muscle behind pushing a load of material cleaned part of the project is cleaning from a horse pen at the Tipton County 4H Fair week a task that was delegated to Jonathan the Monday afternoon Adams family is exhibiting fair concludes followed by the annual fair auction Wednesday night For more on the fair see Page A3 Tribune photo by Tim Bath Will Lockert win freedom from prison By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer A former Kokomo man who is serving life in prison for the 1974 murder of a Russiaville woman will have a parole hearing Thurs day and the sister of the victim says she will do anything in her power to see that Charles E Lock ert never wins his freedom Patricia Ravinet is one of four members of the Indiana Parole Board who will determine if Lock ert 41 will be paroled She said prisoners with a life sentence are automatically eligible for parole after 20 years Thursday marks the first parole hearing for Lockert who in 1975 pleaded guilty to a charge of felony murder during the com mission of a robbery in the death of Connie Jo Fivecoate Russiaville Monday was the 20th anniver sary of trie deaths of Fivecoate then 33 and her 8yearold son Chad Lockert and two codefen dants were charged in the kidnap sl ay ings of the mother and son In August 1974 Lockert led police to a desolate area of Starke County where the Fiveeqates had been buried in shallow graves Both had been shot in the head Christie Shaffer daughter of Connie and Patty Glassburn sis ter of the victim said they received word parole board Monday that Lpckerfs parole hearing will be conducted at the Correctional Industrial Complex Pendletpn Lockert has continually been denied clemency and Shaffer said she always sends a letter voicing her opposition to any type of sen tence modification for Lockert Shaffer will write a letter oppos ing Lockerts parole but she will not attend the public hearing I have been through enough and I do not want to go through it she said Glassburn is more vocal about her efforts to keep Lockert behind bars and says she will attend the hearing even though she wont be allowed to testify I will do any thine in my power to keep him Glassburn said Referring to her records of Lock erts case she said Ive got the trial transcript and the judge the day he Locikertl was sentenced said that he would never walk the streets of society a free man Glassburn stressed that during the sentencing hearing the judge said that if Lockert ever applied for parole he would automatical ly be charged with Chads mur der Hes never been charged with Chads the Koio mo resident said Glassburn said she will call the Starke County Prosecutor Kim Hall to see if the case can be reopened If theres anything in the world I can do theyre either going to do something or Im going to hire an attorney because I think this is wrong we did not fight this We let this man have a plea bargain for life in prison because the first gentleman that they tried got the eath sentence Well he Lockert knew he would get it and he want it so we didnt say anything about the plea bargain My broth erinlaw agreed to it because the judge specifically said he would never be out And I dont think we have being treated fairly because we abided by their rules and why arent they abiding by them Glassburn said her parents Donald and Eileen Kiser who live in Florida will be sending letters to the parole board along with other members of the family Christie Shaffer said letters oppos ing Lockerts parole would be most Ravinet said the public can make an appointment to speak to the board and letters remain in an inmates file Letters concerning Lockert should be addressed to Indiana Parole Board Indiana Govern ment Center South 302 W Wash ington Room E321 Indi anapolis Ind 46204 The telephone number is 2325789 Grissom water tainted By JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writer GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind Occupants and workers at Grissom Air Force Base are being warned not to drink tap water without first boiling it for at least five minutes Base officials issued the warn ing Monday afternoon after E coli bacteria were discovered in routine testing on Saturday they said E coli found in solid human and animal waste can cause dis ease if consumed Symptoms may include diarrhea cramps nausea jaundice headaches and No illnesses associated with the bacteria have been reported Base civil engineers obtained a positive reading for total coliform during a routine test on Friday according to Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokeswoman Connie Barren A followup test required by state regulations after a positive total conform reading is found turned up positive for E coli a more serious health risk Barren saidl Grissom officials filed a reporj Monday with IDEM detailing their findings she said The presence of these in drinking water is generally the result of a problem with water treatment or the pipes which disf tribute the water and indicates that the water may be contain nated with organisms that can cause according to a Grissom news release E coli were detected in 1991 also according to Gary Lockard Grissom public affairs officer It took two days to flush out the bases water system and make it safe for drinking Total coliforrr was also found in the bases water supply last September but follow up tests for E coli turned up neg alive Barren said The bases selfcontained water and sewer system which current ly serves about 700 families and 800 more civilian workers is being flushed out again Base offij cials as of yet have no idea where the contamination is coming from Lockard said Base occu1 pants and workers should not drink the water without boiling ij until further notice is given Lockard said Inside Local A Kokomo Fire Department chauffeur is placed on admin istrative leave without pay after being arrested for operat ing while intoxicated Page A2 Sports White Sox AL officials uncork wild situation in Cleve land Page A7 Also inside Business Classified Dr Local News of Garfield kee tabs on chile Ding ren INDIANAPOLIS AP Garfield the Cat hungry for a lit tle publicity got a bellyful and ended up helping Indiana kids as well The comic page cat and his cre ator cartoonist Jim Davis of Muricie appeared outside the Statehouse Monday to promote a new childrens state identification card that carries his likeness as well as the childs Its nice to have Garfield asso ciated with good said Davis whose company Paws is not charging the state a licensing fee Davis became involved when he approached the Bureau of Motor Venicles to ask for a mock Indiana drivers license for Garfield whos turned 16 Commissioner Gilbert Holmes obliged and asked Davis for help in return promot ing the kiddie card We thought that would be fun plus a nice thing to Davis said The state already provides photo identification cards for peo ple 14 and older including people of driving age who dont nave a license The General Assembly expand ed the program beginning July 1 to provide photo ID cards for all children Holmes said the information on the childrens ID cards name address age height weight hair and eye color can be used by authorities searching for lost or missing children The information will be entered into the BMV com puter database and could be round immediately by any police department across the The child heed not carry the card A card costs and can be obtained at motor vehicle license branches Adults should bring a certified copy of a bjrth cerlificaite photocopies will not be accept ed Dry dock William F Cox 30 722 S Bell organizes his belongings in a boat he was hauling The boat fell off the trailer when his vehicle rear ended a semitractortrailer on 31 and Southway Boulevard at Monday No injuries were reported Cox was cited for false or fictitious registration on his boat Tribune photo by Tim Bath   

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